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Dodgers try for extra against Giants

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LOS ANGELES -- Home runs were the two big blows in Friday's win over the Giants, but the Dodgers also added a pair of doubles and a triple in the victory, continuing an early-season trend.

The club has just six home runs through 11 games, after leading the National League in home runs last year with 187, the first time they had done so since 1983.

But the Dodgers lead the league with 27 doubles and four triples, and are scoring 5.36 runs per game. Even removing the 15-0 whitewash on opening day (though why would you?) the club has averaged 4.4 runs per game since, higher than the 4.12 runs per game scored in 2015.

We are talking about just 11 games so let's not read too much into this, but the team does have potential to challenge the franchise record for doubles in a season. The 2006 Dodgers hold that record, with 307 doubles, a club that finished fourth in the NL in scoring despite finishing 15th in home runs.

The Dodgers have hit 300 doubles just three times in their history, with 1930 and 2014 the other two campaigns. That 1930 team played with a 154-game schedule so it was actually the most prolific doubles team in franchise history at 1.97 doubles per game..

So far this season — again, ridiculously early — the Dodgers are averaging 2.45 doubles per game.

Since 1913, only four Dodgers teams have hit more doubles in the first 11 games of the season — 1930 (29), 1977 (29), 2015 (29) and 2014 (28).

Adrian Gonzalez and Corey Seager lead the way with four doubles each, while Chase Utley, Joc Pederson and Kike Hernandez each have three. All five are in the Dodgers' lineup on Saturday against Johnny Cueto.

Yasiel Puig is not in the lineup, getting a planned day off for the first time all year after starting the first 11 games. Manager Dave Roberts said Puig will return to the lineup on Sunday.

Gonzalez is the only Dodger to start every game so far this season.

Game info

Time: 6:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network